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Citizen views on wood as a construction material: results from seven European countries

Viholainen, Noora and Franzini, Florencia and Lahtinen, Katja and Nyrud, Anders Q. and Widmark, Camilla and Hoen, Hans Fredrik and Toppinen, Anne (2021). Citizen views on wood as a construction material: results from seven European countries. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 51 , 647-659
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Multi-story wooden buildings are hailed as a favorable means toward reducing the embodied energy of the construction sector. However, the sector's path- dependent nature hinders acceptance of using wood in multi-story construction. As a result, research predominantly focuses on examining the perceptions of construction professionals to identify means of breaking the path dependency. We propose using citizens' perceptions about the use of wood to inform professional decision makers. Our research thus aims to answer two questions: What are citizens' perceptions about using wood as a construction material, and are there country-based cultural differences between these perceptions? To elicit this spectrum of citizen views, an online survey was deployed in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze 6633 open-ended responses to the survey. Respondents held multi-faceted opinions about the physical properties, environmental, social, and economic aspects of using wood as a construction material. Citizens from Finland, Norway, and Sweden expressed discernably different perspectives about the acceptability of using wood than did citizens from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Overall, respondents from all countries expressed high approval for the use of wood in construction.

Authors/Creators:Viholainen, Noora and Franzini, Florencia and Lahtinen, Katja and Nyrud, Anders Q. and Widmark, Camilla and Hoen, Hans Fredrik and Toppinen, Anne
Title:Citizen views on wood as a construction material: results from seven European countries
Series Name/Journal:Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:51
Page range:647-659
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING
ISSN:0045-5067
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:citizen, end user, perception, multi-story wooden buildings, wood construction
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112203
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112203
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DOI10.1139/cjfr-2020-0274
Web of Science (WoS)000652039400003
ID Code:24494
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Jun 2021 10:23
Metadata Last Modified:10 Jun 2021 10:31

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